Your reigning, DEFENDING NIT champs ARE HERE (tomorrow at 11AM CST). Stanford is looking to do something only 2 other programs have done in history... win BACK TO BACK NIT CHAMPIONSHIPS! You remember the great Dave "Mr. NIT" Odom leading the Gamecocks to 2 in a row recently right? Probably not. Anyways.
Stanford comes in 19-14 overall (9-9 in the PAC-12). They have 1 real win of note this year... over PAC-12 tourney champs Oregon. They beat Stephen F Austin 58-57 in the 1st round of the NIT.To be honest I'm not sure why they made the NIT... Arkansas and LSU IMO have a better resume than them.
Game note from Stanford.
The big thing in defending Stanford IMO is limiting their 3 point looks. They shoot 36% as a team. Do that and keep Dwight Powell from dropping 20/10 on us inside and we should be in good shape to win this game comfortably. Don't get beat up on the boards (Stanford has 2 that average 8+ boards a game).
Powell leads the team with 15.3 PPG. Next up are Chasson Randle and Josh Heustis (who might be the first brother I've heard of from Great Falls, MT) at 13.7 and 10.6.Aaron Bright runs the offense and also pours in 9.4 a game.
I don't see how we lose this game, but given how unpredictable (and bipolar) this team has been this year it's not out of the realm of possibility. Maybe Stanford is out for revenge for getting beat as the #1 overall seed by us in 2004 (HA! Even their coach at the time isn't there now... coaching at rival Cal in the NCAAT). Still, I feel pretty good about this match up and say we win by 11.
Game time is noon EST (11AM CST) on ESPN.